THREE BOYS ON A QUEST FOR BEAUTY
Nikolai’s partner for 10 years through all their video projects, Nikolai says he’s the best contemporary video maker in the ski industry. “Strong as a hawk, with the ears of a fox and the eyes of an eagle”: Joonas’ talent behind the camera is combined with solid physical and technical abilities when it comes to filming in sketchy situations.p>
Although Krister and Nikolai have known each other since they were very young as they come from the same town in Norway, they’ve only been riding companions for the past six years. This is probably due to the fact that one of them has a pair of skis on his feet while the other glides on a single board! Krister reveals all his talent on the snowboard and likes challenging terrain where progress requires the use of technical equipment. Calm and methodical by nature, he has qualities that make him a partner who can be counted on to stay cool in risky situations in the mountains.
The Ski leader
Nikolai became known for his committed and superbly masterful style of skiing, both on the north faces of Chamonix and in the gullies of the Arctic. If his fame extends beyond the skiing community (150,000 subscribers on Instagram and a similar number on YouTube), this isn’t by chance. Patient and meticulous in all his skiing endeavors, he works carefully on every detail of his videos, encouraging engagement from his community. He also involves his community in his work to raise awareness of climate change
THE ULTIMATE PRODUCT FOR WINTER SPORTS ON HARDCORE TERRAIN
When thinking about the product most suitable for this Family Series collaborative venture, our Scandinavian trio was immediately won over by the latest innovations introduced by Julbo on the LIGHTYEAR model. These goggles are packed full of technology. Featuring the new REACTIV 0-4 lens which can adapt from polar night to the midday brightness of sun on a glacier, this lens is truly revolutionary, and described by Nikolai Schirmer as the best lens he’s ever used. What’s more, it’s a Julbo exclusive on the market. Also fitted with the new Superflow Pro venting system, the LIGHTYEAR lens can be pulled out from the frame to prevent fogging. Quite simply, the best pair of goggles out there.
Keen to travel light and with minimalist instincts, the Topside Boys crew used the creative freedom they’d been granted to enhance the goggle pack with a 2-in-1 case that both protects the goggles when not in action on their faces and also doubles up as an insulated bottle holder for extreme adventures.
REVENGE OF THE
As with any athlete, a freerider’s career consists of both highs and lows. The highs are often synonymous with great achievements such as opening new lines; the lows unfortunately often involve injuries, accidents or scares. In the history of the Topside Boys, they started on a project that turned from dream – a “dream zone” as Nikolai Schirmer describes it – to bordering on a nightmare, with an avalanche that could have been fatal. Fortunately, everyone returned relatively unscathed.